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Ekweremadu tasks FG on realistic plans to tackle COVID-19

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Ekweremadu tasks FG on realistic plans to tackle COVID-19

Ike Ekweremadu

Former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has called on the federal government to marshal out realistic plans to deal with the long-term impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the nation’s economy.

This is even as he expressed strong optimism that Nigeria and the world would ultimately overcome the existential threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ekweremadu, according to a statement by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu, spoke at the weekend during the distribution of his palliatives to his constituents in Enugu West to cushion the effects of the deadly virus.

 

“It is no longer news that the International Monetary Fund, IMF, has predicted that Nigeria would suffer its worst recession in 30 years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“As a member of the seven-man International Parliamentary Taskforce on COVID-19, I have been holding useful virtual meetings with my colleagues around the world with the aim of mitigating the effects of the pandemic on vulnerable citizens in developing nations, and countries with low capacity to deal with the pandemic and its effects. We will continue to share perspectives with a view to mobilising ideas and global resources to deal with the pandemic”, he stressed.

He specifically appreciated Nigerian health workers, whom he said were at the front line of the battle against the novel coronavirus and called on African, particularly Nigerian scientists, to join the race for the cure and vaccine for COVID-19.

The former deputy Senate President also commended all levels of government as well as the international community, corporate Nigeria, and kindhearted individuals for their efforts to end the pandemic and mitigate the challenges occasioned by it.

Ekweremadu, who was represented by a political associate and Secretary of the Enugu State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Cletus Akalusi, also commended the governors of South East for their proactive measures, which he said kept the COVID-19 figures in the region low, urging them not to relent.

He said: “I commend the governors of the South East for the proactive measures taken by them. I believe this accounts for the comparatively low cases in the region. I commend in a special way the Government of Enugu State for the successful management and discharge of the two COVID-19 index cases.

 

“Nevertheless, we must not let down our guards. We must consolidate on this advantage of minimal cases by continuously staying safe and building capacities in the areas of medical infrastructure, equipment, personnel, and food security to prepare ourselves for the days ahead”.

 

He called on Nigerians to be their brother’s keepers, and urged the federal government to increase its social interventions to lessen the burden of hardship on Nigerians.

 

“I wish I could reach out to everyone that needs help at this time, but I shall continue to do my best. I call on our people to continue to complement governments’ efforts in cushioning the hardship occasioned by the pandemic on the less privileged citizens.

 

“As chairman of the South East Senate Caucus, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure that the South East gets its fair and equitable share of every intervention by the federal government in addition to our modest individual initiatives to help our constituents in these trying times.

 

“I call on the Presidency to consider increasing the number of beneficiaries as well as the amount given to individual beneficiaries in the conditional cash Transfer programme in order to impact a more significant number of indigent Nigerians”, Ekweremadu stated.

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